| Independent filmmaker Denis Côté will be at NSCAD on Monday, April 8.|
NSCAD University’s film department welcomes Montreal director-writer Denis Côté to meet with students and present an artist’s talk on Monday, April 8.
Since making his first feature, Les etat nordiques in 2005, Côté, originally from Perth-Andover, N.B., has become one of Canada’s most internationally celebrated filmmakers. Over the course of eight feature films, he has collected international accolades, including most recently the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for his film, Vic + Flo ont vu un ours (Vic and Flo Saw a Bear). The Silver Bear is awarded in memory of Berlin Film Fest founder Alfred Bauer for a feature film “that opens new perspectives.”
“He is really on the cusp of great things,” says NSCAD professor Solomon Nagler. “He is pushing cinema to the realm of art—and that’s where we encourage our students to go as well.”
Before coming to NSCAD, Côté will present his documentary Bestiare at the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival. Described as a “strikingly beautiful contemplation of the caged denizens of a zoo,” Bestiare will screen Sunday, April 7, 9 p.m. at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre. A question and answer session will follow.
Presented by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival runs April 6 to 12. This year's festival includes eight industry panels and screenings of more than 100 short and feature films, many of them from Atlantic Canada.
Côté’s talk at NSCAD is open to the public and takes place on Monday, April 8 at 1 p.m. in NSCAD’s Academy Building, 1649 Brunswick St., Halifax.